October 1st and 3rd 2020
Hyper-Local Dance Out

200+ NYC professional dancers took to the windows, streets and rooftops to dance.

READ about Dance Rising in the New York Times

WATCH quick video compilations of a few of our artists!

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Next Steps

Dance Rising is compiling the 200+ videos by borough to present in local communities.

We see a need to continue with more Hyper-Local Dance Outs

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Dance is a vital lifeline in the ecology of a
re-emerging New York City.

After months of social isolation, economic shutdown, and pause for our industry, professional dancers are rising up.  We are dancing to be seen, counted, and spark crucial conversations about the future of dance in NYC.

Dance Rising: NYC is an interconnected series of actions affirming the importance of professional dance in all of its forms, making dance visible in a re-opening landscape, and engaging with community stakeholders about partnership and possibility.

Dance Rising is organized and produced by a group of NYC dance professionals and managers who believe we need a city-wide, large-scale event to focus attention on our field, now.


This is our life’s work:  NYC is the dance capital of our nation. Over 5,000 dance professionals of all sorts—performers, educators, choreographers, improvisers, studio owners, and theater employees-- engage in live, body-based, dance practices that often involve physical contact and group gatherings. This is our life’s work and our economic livelihood.  

Dance is an important part of life and culture:  We are vital to our communities’ wellbeing.  We offer ways to express joy and pain, process current events, and build intergenerational connections through the arts. In 2016, the dance industry accounted for $302,000,000 of revenue into NYC.

The dance ecology is fragile:  The economic impact of the pandemic on the dance industry has been devastating. Most dance professionals lost all or a majority of their work when theaters, studios, and even outdoor festivals shut down in March. As of August 2020, an estimated 90% of the dance industry is still out of work. 

It’s time to figure this out:  It’s time for dance professionals to be seen in their communities, re-connect with their neighbors, and begin important conversations about how dance and dancers will survive in a post-pandemic reality. Support and creative thinking are necessary for this industry to stay vibrant and remain in NYC.


How to Get Involved

Dance Rising: Hyper-Local Dance Out

Oct 1st and Oct 3rd, 2020


Sign up + Dance

Are you a dancer, choreographer, or other dance professional in any dance form? We will be hosting more Dance Outs.

When you sign up: Get the score. Grab a friend to film you and dance indoors or outdoors

Spread the word to your colleagues to join!


Mobilize Participants

Help the Dance Rising Team multiply participants in all dance forms to get the NYC dance industry out on the streets and into video spaces in the City.

Help amplify the event with your own promotion.


Contribute Resources

The Dance Rising Team seeks partners to share funding or in-kind supports such as video equipment, video editing, promotion, or access to spaces for video.

Reach out and we will be happy to have a conversation.




Oct 1st and Oct 3rd, 2020

CLICK on the map to see who danced where on October 1 & 3!


Artists have chosen their locations, and sent variations on addresses or landmarks.
Please click on [   ] to open in a new window, then zoom in to the neighborhood you are looking for. The closer you get the more you'll see the individual artists and their date, name and style of dance. 


Dance Rising FAQs

Things you might be wondering

How Will I Get the Information?

Once you have signed up to dance, you will get a confirmation email with all of your answers.  Within a few days of signing up, you will receive an email with links to the DANCE RISING Toolkit, this will include ways to reach out to friends, a movement score to support your creativity, our best suggestions for how to plan your dancing, and information about how to use music for this action.

Please add "dancerisingnyc at" to your contact list so this email pops up right away!

What Are the "Creative Prompts"?

Creative prompts offer guidelines for you to create your dance, in your style. An example is "what does magic feel like" and "use time and rhythm from 20 seconds of hand washing." We are not here to tell you how or what to dance, we are offering a way for us to unite as movers, makers and diverse dancing bodies.

Are you Offering Music?

If you don't already have the rights to the music you're planning to use, we're offering music options by a range of independent artists who are giving Dance Rising the rights to use their music.

We have a YouTube Playlist and a "how to" sheet with all of the ways to Navigate Music on the internet.

This means your YouTube/Facebook will not be silenced due to copyright violations --  we are staying live, and loud, together. And if you want to dance without music, go for it!

How Should I Film my Dance?

Ask a friend or a family member to help you. It is more fun to have a cheering section who is also your camera person.
1. Ask them to be available to film you on Oct 1 or 3 at 5pm
2. Use your phone, or theirs, whichever is a higher quality camera, set it to film in "HD"
3. Film in Landscape for groups and Profile for solos!
4. Save it. We will reach out with the link for uploading on Oct 2nd and 4th.

What is IG TV?

Do you have an Instagram account?  Great. Click to "add to story".  Flick "LIVE", you will be live, dancing, right in the moment - do your thing and have your friend film you with your Instagram account.  Be sure to SAVE this live moment to IGTV.

Here is a "how to" from Instagram

You are collecting donations. Why?

The Dance Rising Team is a passionate collective of artists with companies they fund and dance administrators with jobs at non-profits. Through the Field as a fiscal sponsor, we are fundraising to raise the Dance Rising budget. While we have not yet funded that budget, we continue forward with the goal to pay a stipend to dancers who register and dance, and pay fees to the founding team for the work to create this action.

Do you have more questions about our budget? Contact us.

Would you like to donate? We will be incredibly grateful for your help.



Ready to bring attention to the dance industry and our artists?

Have questions?

Contact us to discuss how we can work together.

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“There is no shutting down dance. .... We dance in the wake and the waves of multiple pandemics, and in doing so insist that our dancing communities must be supported. Behold, hold up and help us hold onto the rich diaspora that is New York City when it is dancing..” 

- Maura Nguyen Donohue


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